My fifth crochet lesson: double crochet (=treble in UK)

Hi there, welcome to your fifth crochet lesson at Home of Yarns! Let’s learn how to make a double crochet stitch today (a.k.a. treble in UK crochet terminology).

The double crochet stitch (abbreviation: dc) is very similar to the half double crochet you learned in the previous lesson, but just a little bit taller. If you missed a lesson, you can look up all free crochet lessons here.

Step 1: Starting this lesson
To start this lesson, make a starting chain (a.k.a. foundation chain) of 12 chain stitches. In crochet language: ch 12.

Step 2: How to make a Double Crochet (treble in UK)
Turn your work if you haven’t already, so that the starting chain is now facing to the left and your crochet hook is all the way on the right. Follow the steps in the photos below.

Making a double crochet – step by step

1 First, yarn over.
2 Then, skip 3 turning chains and insert your hook from front to back through the fourth stitch from the hook.
3 – 4 Yarn over again and pull up a loop through the stitch. You now have three loops on your hook. Up till this point everything is exactly like making a half double crochet. The next step is different though.
5 – 6 Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. As a result, 2 loops will remain on your hook.
7 – 8 Yarn over one last time and pull through those remaining 2 loops. That’s a double crochet stitch. Finish the row by making a dc in every stitch.

Step 3: A second row of Double Crochet
The double crochet stitch is taller than the half double crochet you learned in the previous lesson. To account for that, the number of turning chains is increased to a total of 3.

So, for the next row of double crochet stitches, ch 3 and turn your work. The starting chains count as your first stitch again and they sit on top the stitch on the far right. Make another 9 double crochet stitches. You should have a total of 10 stitches (the first one being the starting chains).

Homework
Keep practicing all your stitches. Next time you will learn even taller stitches and then it is time to move past the basics to the actual tips and tricks!

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